On a clear crisp March Saturday in 2009, my wife and I were enjoying lunch at a marina in St. Augustine, Florida. The occasion was my birthday and a Willie Nelson concert later that evening. Such a laid back day reminded us of all we had to be grateful for in our lives: our health, our friends, our marriage, our community. To be sure, hardships have presented themselves along the way, but we have been fortunate. We were in a happy place.
As we talked, I started to jot down a couple of thoughts about what can drive people (us included) to distraction at times. My short list included: work stresses, relationship issues, economic woes, environmental concerns, health challenges, and political frustrations. These things (and more) can grind people down day after day. Wouldn’t it be nice, if people could find a place—physically or emotionally—were they could back away from the stresses of life and recharge—even if for a few moments? A place that would bring a bit of peace—a slice of happiness. In other words, finding their own happy place!
Before we paid the bill that day, I had penned most of the words to my song Find Your Happy Place! Today, the song is complete—and the title track for my new CD. It is a reminder that we have to care for ourselves.
So, with that in mind, I would like for this blog post to be a compilation of your thoughts on what you do to find your happy place. Where is it? Is it a physical place? An emotional retreat? A spiritual touchstone? A community gathering—or an isolated spot? Let’s focus on those ethical and legal ways you maintain balance in life.
I look forward to reading about your happy place!
© Steve Piscitelli and Steve Piscitelli’s Blog, 2010.